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Ostrich Races

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Cars race, horses race, pigs race, and this year at the State Fair ostriches race. The competitors stand 7-feet tall: their heads well above the top frame of the starting gate. They look like miniature bobble-heads with big brown eyes – heads darting up and down, side to side as the jockeys mount. That’s right. There are riders.

BJ Austin / KERA News

The State Fair of Texas opens Friday.   This year’s theme is “The One & Only” and the star will be Big Tex, making a return after catching fire last year.